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5.3 What will happen if I am in BOND?

If you received a letter with a blue stripe at the top and are unsure about your BOND status, please contact the BOND Call Center to verify your BOND status:

If you received a letter with a blue stripe and volunteered to become a BOND participant, then you were assigned to one of three BOND groups using a process like a lottery, called "random assignment". One group has the chance to use the benefit offset, which would let you keep more of your SSDI benefits when your earnings increase more than is possible under current SSDI rules. That group will also receive assistance from a benefits counselor or specialist on how earnings affect SSDI benefits and other benefits. A second group has the chance to use the benefit offset and the benefits counseling as well as assistance in preparing for and finding employment that meets their individual needs. A third group remains under the regular SSDI rules. Nothing about your SSDI benefits or counseling will change from the current rules governing work and your SSDI benefits if you are assigned to this third (control) group.

If you received a letter with a red stripe at the top, you can use the benefit offset. You should contact the BOND call center to take advantage of the BOND opportunity and verify your BOND status.